Planning Commission Gives Nod to Revised Promenade Plans

The township supervisors will consider the revised application for The Promenade at its next meeting on June 13.


Revised plans for a mixed-use development at the old Acme site on Sycamore Street were given the green light Tuesday by the Newtown Township Planning Commission.

The planning commission unanimously voted to recommend that the township Board of Supervisors approve the revised application. The supervisors will consider the application at its next meeting on June 13.

Plans for the development, called The Promenade, have been revised since approval was given to McGrath in 2009. The site has sat dormant since that approval.

According to the applicant, which is now comprised of a group of investors including Newtown Athletic Club owner Jim Worthington, the new plans feature 20,000 square feet of retail space in two buildings. The previous plans called for 22,600 square feet of retail in one building that featured a breezeway.

The new plans feature five retail tenants, including Anthropologie, as well as 26 apartment rental units. The previous plan included 25 condominiums.

The buildings included in the revised plans are the same height as those approved in 2009. Parking has been reconfigured, according to the applicant, and there is no longer underground parking included in the plans.

Sycamore Street Community Association President Shawn Ward said his group, which is made up of Sycamore Street businesses and property owners, “wholeheartedly” supports the approval of the revised plans.

“The Sycamore Street Community Association is thrilled and endorses this plan 100 percent,” Ward said. “We really, really want this thing to move along. It’s time.”

It is unclear the extent of McGrath’s current involvement in the project. A representative from McGrath was at the meeting Tuesday and information about The Promenade still appears on McGrath’s website. However, a sign featuring the company’s name that once hung at the site has been removed and replaced with one that includes the Newtown Athletic Club's logo.

Jordan June 06, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Kara -- Would it be possible for you to post PDF's of the plans presented -- blueprints and renderings, etc.? Thank you
Rosemary June 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM
If not, will the plans be at the June 13th meeting?
Michele Sheehan June 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
It is my understanding that Delancey Court is a different McGrath (cousin or brother). One does commercial, one does residential. Both are in trouble!
Barbara June 06, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I'm concerned that they got rid of the underground parking. I hope the Supervisors look at this more closely than they did Goodnoe Center...because they did not allow for adequate parking there.
Jordan June 06, 2012 at 12:44 PM
My main concern is that they are going to just build a mini suburban office park with apartments above it as opposed to something that fits into the streetscape here. The two buildings need to be right up on the curb/sidewalk, with just a small driveway at the light and parking BEHIND the buildings -- very much like the green parrot complex, the Newtown Pizza complex, etc. The reason this part of Sycamore is so successful is that it has the city walkability and city appeal, with adequate suburban parking behind them.
Kara Seymour June 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Jordan: I put in a request for an image of the presented plans. Will post when I hear back. Yes, the plans will be at the June 13 meeting. Blueprints are also at the township planning office for public viewing if anyone wants to stop in.
Jordan June 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Thanks Kara. It's hard for me to make it over to the township building during business hours, as I work out of state and they don't have convenient hours.
Edie June 06, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I agree with Barbara, parking is a big issue. Goodnoe Corner parking an absolute mess! Kara, what varaiances are needed/requested for the current iteration of the Prominade project?
R U guessing ? June 06, 2012 at 03:45 PM
If U guys R township residents; U can request ALL this INFO from the Township !
Kara Seymour June 06, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Edie - no new variances are being requested at this point. Last fall, the applicant received a variance for parking. more: http://newtown-pa.patch.com/articles/tk-eacea2c8


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